Tuesday, 30 July 2013

HERE COMES SUMMER

'Summer' by Jez
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The theme for Collage Obsession this week is SUMMER, very appropriate in England just at the moment.  I won a prize with this wall-hanging in a competition and was very pleased because it was quite difficult to make.

I'm stretching the point a bit here with this quilted fabric wall-hanging which was made many years ago.  It's made from fabric not paper, and the details appliquéd - or collaged.  Appliqué means 'something applied to another surface' and Collage refers to 'something being applied to another surface, usually paper, wood or canvas', and even nowadays to digital collage where 'collaged' items are not actually stuck on or sewn on.

So I hope I will be forgiven for regarding this piece as collage because I love it so much, and it always makes me think of hot summer days.

23" x 19.5"
This is a close-up of the central panel.  The background is made from artificial silks and machine quilted.  The details were added in various ways.  The pier in the background was machine stitched, like a line drawing.

I imagine a quilter taking her work along with her to the beach and then thinking that there are perhaps more important things in life than quilting and just ......... well you can see what she decided to do. 


Here's an even closer view of the details, especially the miniature quilt, which is made from cotton fabrics.  It is a proper little stitched patchwork quilt with a front and a back, and each fabric square measures three quarters of an inch by three quarters of an inch.

In this close-up you can see that the blue scalloped border of cotton fabric is machine quilted with scallop shell motifs to suit the seaside scene.

I used to love making miniature quilts, but eyesight and patience and manual dexterity would make it impossible for me nowadays.


I've taken an even closer photo of this small section to show the tiny needle I included, which is in fact a piece of fine silver wire and not a needle.


Here's the completed wall-hanging again, with all its collage/appliqué pieces.  Hope you enjoy it.

22 comments:

  1. I'm glad you 'stretched the point", Jez, this is absolutely gorgeous!!

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  2. Gorgeous patterns and textures. Looks like a lot of work. :)

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  3. This is so original and simply beautiful, Jez! You are so talented. I love the bikini casually dropped on the beach :).

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  4. I'm so glad you showed us all the little close ups. I cannot even begin to imagine how long this took to make. Gorgeous Jez.

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  5. Gorgeous work Jez!!! Isn't it funny how the creativity oozes out throughout our lives in different means!! Wow that was well worth an award ...and a very timeless piece!! You are one talented woman of substance!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  6. The detail is amazing! A beautiful piece.

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  7. This is awesome Jez...fabulous quilting.

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  8. Creative, interesting and beautiful art pieces.

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  9. Lovely. I especially like the sewing details.

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  10. Absolutely fantastic. Beautiful work. I used to do some quilting and know how much work went into this wall hanging. Really wonderful.

    Earl

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  11. Wow, you put some amazing detail in there! It doesn't surprise me at all that you won a prize with it!

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  12. Although I've never done appliqués or quilting, I truly appreciate its artistry and craftsmanship. The intricate detailing in your piece is AMAZING. Blessings, my friend!

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  13. Your wall hanging is totally beautiful, what a lot of work has been put into it. Valerie

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  14. This is fabulous - the detail involved in this is really amazing!

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  15. this is an incredibly nice piece. Love it!

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  16. Beautiful summer collage. Saludos

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  17. Jez, what exquisite work!
    Thanks so much for sharing it with us. It fits perfectly with the "Summer" theme! Wow, the needle looks real! What a sense of humor you have, too :) . Your piece is delightful. I can see why you won a prize! xo

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  18. It is a gorgeous piece - I can see why you won a prize!

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